Early Pregnancy Symptoms (Before the BFP!)

There are many pregnancy symptoms that are very common but also many you may skip over because we don’t believe they are pregnancy-related. Every pregnancy is different (even your own pregnancies!) and most of the time you don’t recognize the early symptoms until after you’ve gotten your big fat positive.

Pregnant with my 3rd child in 3 years, I noticed there have been many similarities in the symptoms I had before finding out I was pregnant and within the following week or two. However, I never considered them to be pregnancy related….until now.

Update: Unfortunately, I miscarried my 3rd pregnancy at 14 weeks (in May 2019). Read about our Missed Miscarriage Story.

In this post I want to talk about those unique early pregnancy symptoms that I found were the same for all three pregnancies. When these symptoms hit, I just KNEW I was pregnant.

Please remember that this is simply MY experience. I am not a doctor and can not say for sure that they are pregnancy related and would be the same for you. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions about your symptoms, concerns, or questions.

Here are 3 unique early pregnancy symptoms you might not think of:

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early Pregnancy Symptom #1: Intense hunger.

Pregnancy brings a out the beast inside. Hormones are wild, things are changing, heck, our bodies are creating human life! But one thing that REALLY hits me when I’m pregnant….HUNGER.

I’m talking hunger where if it takes longer than expected you cry. hunger so serious that you need to eat them and now, not a moment later. HANGRY kind of hunger. The kind of hunger where you eat the amount you normally would and don’t even feel partly satisfied.

That was an obvious sign for me.

It’s happened every pregnancy and was one of the first symptoms I had before even getting a positive test.

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early Pregnancy Symptom #2: Gagging when brushing your teeth.

During pregnancy, hormones cause our gag reflex to be stronger. With each pregnancy, just thinking about brushing my teeth would make me gag and actually doing so would almost always cause me to throw up. (Sorry, TMI)

This happens to many woman as their hormones increase from pregnancy so if you are experiencing this, you’re not alone.

You may also find yourself nauseous, sensitive to smell, or like me, have an intense gag reflex.

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early Pregnancy Symptom #3: Sinus issues.

As the baby grows and the blood volume inside your body increases, it is common to get a sort of…head cold. You may feel serious sinus pressure, have the sniffles, stuffy nose, headache.

With my first I had these sinus problems at the end of pregnancy, also know as rhinitis. For weeks I struggled with what felt like sinus infection early in this pregnancy, which inevitably went away as soon as our baby was delivered.

Rhinitis typically lasts about 6 weeks and will often go away immediately after delivery. (That was my experience both times)

It’s nothing to be concerned about, but often a missed pregnancy symptom.

Need a little relief? The only thing to help me is a Neti pot. It helped so much during this pregnancy.

early Pregnancy Symptom #4: vivid Dreams

If you have never been pregnant before, let me warn you….your dreams are about to get CRAZY. At least they did with me.

Every pregnancy of mine I begin to dream intense, crazy real, and often scary dreams.

Everything was weird things happening to the baby (I once had a recurring pregnancy dream where my baby would try getting out of my belly button…weird right!?) to dreaming about death or getting seriously injured.

I would even dream crazy dreams about friends being pregnant and things happening to them.

PREGNANCY DREAMS ARE WEIRD. And the weird part is, I had these dreams before getting my BFP which was a clue that something was going on, considering I don’t typically have dreams that I remember.


Pregnancy symptoms are crazy and weird and different for everyone but these are some odd ones that you might also be having and not realizing it’s pregnancy-related.

Have you had any of these symptoms? What symptoms are you having?

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